Books on Craft

Fiction

Peter Selgin, 179 Ways to Save a Novel
Brandilyn Collins, Getting into Character
John Gardner, The Art of Fiction and On Becoming a Novelist
Janet Burroway, Writing Fiction
Janet Burroway and Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction
Robin Hemley, Turning Life into Fiction,
Michael Kardos, The Art and Craft of Fiction
Rust Hills, Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular
Ron Carlson, Ron Carlson Writes a Story
Francine Prose, Reading as a Writer
Percy Lubbock, The Craft of Fiction

Nonfiction

Sven Birkets, The Element of Time in Memoir
Francis Flaherty, The Elements of Story
Philip Gerard, Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life
Jessica Handler, Braving the Fire: Writing About Grief and Loss
Bill Roorbach, Writing Life Stories
Bill Roorbach, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth
Brenda Miller and Susan Paola, Tell It Slant
Thomas Larson, The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative
Vivian Gornick, The Situation and the Story
Carl H. Klaus and Ned Stuckey-French, Essayists on the Essay
G. Thomas Couser, Memoir: An Introduction

General

Janet Burroway, Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
Lee Martin, Telling Stories: The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life
Ann Lamott, Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Elizabeth Berg, Escaping Into the Open
Donald Newlove, First Paragraphs
Richard Hugo, The Triggering Town
Julia Cameron, The Right to Write and The Artist’s Way
Heather Sellers, The Practice of Creative Writing
Verlyn Klinkenborg, Several Short Sentences about Writing
Bret Anthony Johnston, Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer
Christopher Vogler, The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
Brenda Ueland: If You Want to Write: A Book about Independence and Spirit
Dorothea Brand, Becoming a Writer

Publishing & Life as a Writer

Jane Friedman, The Business of Being a Writer
Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers